L’burg Distillery Signs Contract With Union
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – As it has been for much of its modern history, the 165-year-old Lawrenceburg Distillery will be manned by unionized employees.
MGP Ingredients, Inc. purchased the distillery from CL Financial in December for $11 million.
On Thursday, MGPI of Indiana – the local subsidiary of Kansas-based MGP Ingredients – announced that it has signed a new multi-year collective bargaining deal with Local 13D of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
The agreement which currently covers 40 employees took effect March 7 and will extend through December 31, 2017.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of the vote by members of the union local at our Lawrenceburg-Greendale distillery operations,” said Dave Rindom, vice president of human resources for MGP Ingredients. “The company extends its most sincere compliments to the union’s negotiating team and overall membership for the commendable manner in which discussions were conducted and thoughts exchanged regarding the various components of this agreement. The process served as an exemplary model of our internal corporate motto, people-pride-progress, in motion.”
MGPI said in a news release the 2011 acquisition of the distillery has significantly strengthened MGP’s role in serving beverage alcohol customers in the branded packaged goods industry by increasing production capacity and enabling the company to produce premium bourbon and whiskey products, while also substantially adding to its gin and grain neutral spirits output.
It also has enhanced the company’s service and distribution capabilities and provides dual sources of supply, primarily for customers of distilled gins and grain neutral spirits, which have been mainstays of MGP’s beverage alcohol product portfolio for seven decades.